Covid live news: UK rows over booster jab timings and MP face masks continue; Covid case cancels ‘cruise to nowhere’ in Hong Kong

It’s a personal choice, but most of us are wearing masks. I mean, on the tube, most of us are wearing masks. I don’t know if you’ve seen that. And I think as more and more it gets into winter, I’ve had a cough, so I’ve been wearing a mask, and having a cough is … Read more

Coronavirus live: WHO experts to revive virus origins inquiry; UK Covid situation ‘quite stable’, says health secretary

Yes, of course I’m sorry. Obviously I am new in the role but on behalf of the government I am sorry for, during the pandemic, anyone that suffered, especially anyone that lost a loved one, a mother, a dad, a brother, a sister, a friend. Of course I am sorry for that. Also all those … Read more

Air pollution: WHO’s stark air quality message and the road ahead for India

Delhi’s average life expectancy is 6.4 years lower than 69.4 — the national average. (Reuters/File) The World Health Organization’s message while updating its air quality guidelines (AQGs) last month was stark: impact of air quality on public health was twice as bad as estimated previously. Despite lax standards, India is home to 37 of the … Read more

Mosquirix: The WHO-backed, game-changing vaccine that can lead the fight against malaria

Children below five are most vulnerable to malaria, accounting for 274,000 or 67% of global deaths in 2019. (AP) The World Health Organization on Wednesday endorsed Mosquirix, the trade name for RTS,S/ASO1 (RTS.S), as the first only vaccine to have displayed a capability of reducing significantly malaria and severe malaria in young children in Africa. … Read more

New rabies research lab opened at NIV-Pune, to help India eradicate deaths, Health Ministry says

While fatal, rabies is a preventable viral disease. (File) The National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune has set up a state-of-the-art dedicated Rabies Research and Diagnostic Laboratory. Inaugurated on World Rabies Day (September 28) by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director General Professor Balram Bhargava, the facility will augment the country-wide testing capacity. … Read more

This World Contraception Day: Let us focus on three words – Quality of care

By Poonam Muttreja & Dr Aparajita Gogoi Ensuring universal access to quality health services is indeed an imperative, while designing and implementing effective sexual and reproductive health and family planning programmes. “Quality of Care” gained prominence at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in 1994. The ICPD Programme of Action emphasized the interdependence … Read more

WHO says air pollution kills 7 million a year, toughens guidelines

The World Health Organization strengthened its air quality guidelines on Wednesday, saying air pollution was now one of the biggest environmental threats to human health, causing seven million premature deaths a year. Urgent action is needed to reduce exposure to air pollution, said the UN body, ranking its burden of disease on a par with … Read more

Covid-19: WHO hails India for reaching 75 crore vaccine milestone

Covid Vaccination Drive started in January 2020 India recently received accolades for reaching the 75 crore Covid=19 vaccination mark from the World Health organization. Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director (South-East Asia), WHO, congratulated India for scaling up the Covid-19 vaccination drive. Dr Singh also mentioned that India reached the 750 million vaccine dose milestone … Read more

Coronavirus live news: WHO to ship Chinese vaccines despite concerns, US Covid hospitalisations hit eight-month high

Hawaii was once seen as a beacon of safety during the pandemic because of stringent travel and quarantine restrictions and overall vaccine acceptance that made it one of the most inoculated states in the US. But the highly contagious delta variant exploited weaknesses as residents let down their guard and attended family gatherings after months … Read more

WHO study reveals global adult hypertension doubled since 1990

Hypertension is straightforward to diagnose and can be treated relatively easily with low-cost drugs. (Representational image) The number of adults between the ages of 30 and 79 living with hypertension across the globe has doubled over the past 30 years to an estimated 1,278 million (652 million men and 626 million women) in 2019. The … Read more